Science Saturdays planned at Adams State College

(10-26-2009)

The Adams State College Science Activity Center and Zacheis Planetarium are planning free workshops open to the public. The first workshop will focus on finding and indentifying the major autumn constellations. This hands-on event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Science Activity Center, located on the north end of the Community Partnerships Building. Participants will use star charts, identifying on paper the dominate evening stars, and developing a sense of relative positions between the constellations. The second part of the workshop will be held outside, weather permitting, where participants will locate the constellations in the night sky. Workshop should end by 9 p.m. Dress for being outside in the evening.

Visit the Adams State Science Activity Center and learn about basic electronics, beginning robotics, light, sound, solar cells, and the microscopic world with organized activities and open exploration on Science Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon November 14 and November 21. Visit the online calendar at adams.edu/calendar/ for dates and descriptions. Visitors are encouraged to learn at their own pace and to follow their own interest.

The group activity on November 14 will involve basic electronics, how to use a breadboard and integrated circuits to construct a timer, flash LEDs, and time events. November 21 activities will focus on how mirrors and lens work, and the nature of the images they form. Using the lens and mirrors in combinations, the participants will build simple microscopes and telescopes. On both dates, the open experiments will include microscopes, interfaced to notebook computers, available for exploring the microscopic world

No experience is necessary, just a willingness to experiment. The activities are free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children; parents must remain with children 12-years-old and younger. Group activities will begin at 9 a.m. while visitors can explore the open activities at any time.